It may be icy outside of your home but winter doesn’t have to be the time of year where you spend most of your time sick and in bed! Here are five ways to make sure that even when you are feeling run down, that you can boost yourself right back up again.
1. Get some rest!
It is recommended that you sleep seven to nine hours a night. A good night’s sleep is not only important for your mental health, but physically missing out on sleep can really take its toll. Sleeping is when your body repairs itself, so missing out on sleep can really get you on a fast track to being under the weather. If you can’t sleep in any later, try going to bed earlier, after a relaxing bath or cup of chamomile tea.
2. Make sure you get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
You are 80% more likely to get a cold in the winter than you are any other time of the year, so making sure you are getting all your vitamins and minerals is vital just to keep your body in perfect working order. In our house we always try and stress the importance of getting your vitamins from plant based sources, but we also know how hard that can be with our busy lives. It also doesn’t help when you are the parent of a picky child that won’t necessarily eat their fruits and vegetables come dinner time. Just to make sure we have all our bases covered so we are in tip top condition, we like to supplement our diets with some vitamins. My daughter like’s the Lil’ Critters gummies the best.
3. Eat more fruits and vegetables
When winters chill has struck your town and it’s dark earlier than usual outside, it can be pretty tempting to cook up some of those unhealthy comfort foods we all know and love. Although there is room for that in a healthy diet as well, as a treat, it is important to eat those fruits and vegetables. I mentioned before, fruits and vegetables contain almost all the vitamins we need to stay in a healthy condition, so it is worth emphasizing again. To ensure that your diet is healthy, try and include five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. If you find yourself craving a candy coated treat, try a some dried fruit such as dates (one of my favorites), apricots, or a healthier piece of dark chocolate.
4. Stay active, and get outside.
The sun is one of the best sources of vitamin D, and it’s harder to get when we are covered up, bundled tightly, or just plain staying inside. Don’t use the chilling winter months as an excuse to stay inside and play video games. Instead, get out with your entire family to try out a new activity, You can always put on your winter coat and go for a walk to see the beautiful landscape changing with the seasons, and don’t forget there are tons of snowy activities like ice skating and sledding for those in the far north. Regular exercise helps to boost your immune system, and that is exactly what we want this time of year. Not only that, but its nice to get outside of the house from time to time before you all get “cabin fever”.
5. Have a healthy and hearty breakfast.
Winter is the perfect season for a piping hot bowl of oatmeal. Eating a hot bowl of oats on an icy morning isn’t just a scrumptious way to start your day, it also helps you to bump up your intake of dietary fiber, which helps to give you energy and makes you to feel fuller for longer. That keeps you from snacking too much throughout the day and putting on that “winter 15”. Not only do oats contain lots of vital vitamins and minerals, but they also taste fantastic with dried fruit tossed in, thus adding to your fruit intake for the day. Two birds, one stone!
Stay healthy this winter! Make it your best one yet!
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